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Competition between asymmetrically informed principals


  • Eric W. Bond

    (Department of Economics, The Pennsylvania State University, University Park, PA 16802, USA)

  • Thomas A. Gresik

    (Department of Economics, The Pennsylvania State University, University Park, PA 16802, USA)


This paper derives the set of equilibria for common agency games in which the principals compete in piece rates and lump sum payments and one principal has incomplete information about the agent's preferences. We show that the uninformed principal's expected payoff function is discontinuous with respect to the identity of the marginal agent type. This discontinuity is shown to support an open set of equilibria. For games in which the first-best equilibrium strategies are measurable with respect to the uninformed principal's information partition, this result implies the existence of an open set of Pareto inefficient equilibria.

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  • Eric W. Bond & Thomas A. Gresik, 1997. "Competition between asymmetrically informed principals," Economic Theory, Springer;Society for the Advancement of Economic Theory (SAET), vol. 10(2), pages 227-240.
  • Handle: RePEc:spr:joecth:v:10:y:1997:i:2:p:227-240 Note: Received: December 5, 1995; revised version August 18, 1996

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    JEL classification:

    • D82 - Microeconomics - - Information, Knowledge, and Uncertainty - - - Asymmetric and Private Information; Mechanism Design
    • C72 - Mathematical and Quantitative Methods - - Game Theory and Bargaining Theory - - - Noncooperative Games


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